Third time's a charm for winner of annual talent contest

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BENNINGTON — A three-time competitor became a first-time winner Friday night at the third annual Bennington County's Got Talent event at Bennington College.

Timothy Wade, 26, of Poultney, bested 10 other performers from the region to win $1,000 and a one-day session at Old Mill Road Recording, a studio in East Arlington.

Wade sang country music artist Craig Morgan's recent single, "The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost," a cover that drew praise from the four-member panel of judges.

"You are such a natural singer," Joshua Sherman, one of the judges, told Wade, who said he has never taken a singing lesson in his entire life.

Wade works for GE Aviation and mostly sings at karaoke with friends. He said he did not yet know how he would spend his prize money.

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"Every single year you come back, you come back better," said another judge, Chris Oldham, who is executive director of the Park-McCullough House Association.

The well-attended event was held at the college's Greenwall Auditorium. The two other judges were Lynne Worth, executive producer of the Dorset Players, and Elizabeth Wilwol, co-owner of The Gift Garden.

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Audience members also cast ballots in the competition.

"Thank you for letting me be a part of this all three years," Wade told the crowd after his victory was announced and he shook hands with the other performers.

"Talent shows are always a wonderful time for the community to get together," Sherman, president of Joshua Sherman Productions and founder of Old Mill Road Recording, said at the outset of the event. "Having participated in them myself, it's a wonderful thing when dreams come true, and you get to see that on stages like this, in small towns."

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"People may end up going to New York City or L.A., and that may be where you see them, but it all starts here," he added.

Shannon McLenithan, senior vice president of retail lending at the Bank of Bennington, and John Shannahan, executive director of the Better Bennington Corp., emceed the event.

The show was presented by the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal. Bennington Subaru and Old Mill Road Recording were sponsors.

The other performers were Bentley Lewis, of Manchester; Carson Gordon, of Bennington; Cristo Buckley, of Manchester; Daniel Stevens, of Bennington; Gretchen Sausville, of Bennington; Hillary Chase, of North Bennington; Jordyn Travis, of Petersburgh, New York; Keri Winnie, of Bennington; Nikolas Segura, of Bennington; and Tucker Beaudoin, of Bennington.

Contact Luke Nathan at lnathan@benningtonbanner.com.


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